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Email: flavio.mercati@gmail.com

Hi!

I am a Templeton Frontiers postdoctoral Fellow at Perimeter.

I am also a FQXi member and grant holder. You can visit my personal webpage here.

My primary interest is Quantum Gravity. I am currently working on a new theory of gravity called Shape Dynamics, which differs from Einstein's General Relativity in trading the relativity of simultaneity for the relativity of scale (three-dimensional conformal invariance). This theory promises to give a fresh perspective on the Problem of Time, on the origin of the Universe, and on the quantization of gravity.

I supervised a few students for Master's theses and Summer projects.

Email me here if you're interested in a thesis in Shape Dynamics.

I'm also interested in outreach and popular science. here's a short documentary I did with Julian Barbour.

*Identification of a Gravitational Arrow of Time*, J. Barbour, T. Koslowski, FM,

Phys. Rev. Lett.**113**, 181101 (2014) (Editor's choice)*A Shape Dynamics Tutorial*,

FM, arXiv:1409.0105*A Gravitational Origin of the Arrows of Time*

J. Barbour, T. Koslowski, FM, arXiv:1310.5167*Scale Anomaly as the Origin of Time*, J. Barbour, M. Lostaglio, FM,

Gen. Rel. Grav.**45**, 911-938 (2013) (Editor's choice)*2+1 gravity on the conformal sphere*, S. Gryb, FM,

Phys. Rev.**D87**, 064006 (2013)*The gravity/CFT correspondence*, H. Gomes, S. Gryb, T. Koslowski, FM,

Eur. Phys. J.**C75**, 2275 (2013)*The Solution to the Problem of Time in Shape Dynamics*, J. Barbour, T. Koslowski, FM,

arxiv:1302.6264*Taming nonlocality in theories with deformed Poincaré symmetry,*, G. Amelino-Camelia, M. Matassa, FM, G. Rosati,

Phys. Rev. Lett.**106**071301 (2011)*Constraining the energy-momentum dispersion relation with Planck-scale sensitivity using cold atoms,*, G. Amelino-Camelia, C. Lämmerzahl, F. Mercati, G. M. Tino,

Phys. Rev. Lett.**103**, 171302 (2009)

- PIRSA:14020100, À la recherche du temps perdu, 26/02/2014, Colloquium
- PIRSA:13010003, What is motion? What is time?, 23/01/2013, Colloquium
- PIRSA:13070040, The Arrow of Time, Complexity and Bulk Entropy in Gravity, 22/07/2013, Loops 13
- PIRSA:12050067, Shape Dynamics: Relativity Without Relativity, 09/05/2012, Conformal Nature of the Universe
- PIRSA:11110138, Relative Locality, Kappa-Poincaré and the Relativity Principle, 23/11/2011, Quantum Gravity

My primary interest is Quantum Gravity. I am currently working on a new theory of gravity called Shape Dynamics, which differs from Einstein's General Relativity in trading the relativity of simultaneity for the relativity of scale (three-dimensional conformal invariance). This theory promises to give a fresh perspective on the Problem of Time, on the origin of the Universe, and on the quantization of gravity.

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